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hook promise, i would like to say thank you to president obama, vice president biden for their leadership and standing strong safer america. i would like to say thank you to the senators for legislation that would keep guns out of hand and save lives. they stood by us right from the beginning. they were with us. we will not be defeated. we are not defeated. we have no other choice. killeday more people are in this country because of gun violence. stronger. we leave washington hoping that others, both here and across the country, will join us in making that more senators will takeit begins, our hearts are broken. our spirits is not. thank you. it is now my great pleasure to introduce the president of the united states of america, barack obama. >> good job. >> a few months ago, in response to too many tragedies, including the shootings of a u.s. congressman, gabrielle giffords, 20 schoolchildren and their teachers, we took up the cause of protecting our people from gun violence. grief summoned the courage to petition to their elected leaders. not just to honor the memor
obama and senator roger wicker. this move cummings just days after the letters were intercepted in mail sorting facilities for the white house, capitol hill. nbc's tracie potts has the details. >> reporter: richard what led them to mississippi, was the setting on not just two, but three letters wents too a mississippi judge, signing those letters to become a silent partner i am kevin curtis and i approve this message. that suspect called kevin curtis has been arrested in his home in tupelo, mississippi. the authorities were led there as a result of the investigation. three letters positive for the potentially dangerous and deadly substance ricin. wicker, president obama and the judge's all postmarked april 8th from memphis, according to authorities. what they don't know is why he did. there's little information, little evidence on what his motive could have been, what we do know, it's had a huge impact here on capitol hill. other offices including senator richard shelby checked after reports of suspicious packages. both here on capitol hill and back in local districts. nothing else foun
. >> pelley: chip, thank you very much. a short time ago, mr. obama brought some of the newtown families and gabrielle giffords into the rose garden at the white house. major garrett was there. major? >> reporter: scott, somber and frustrated, president obama said the gun control debate will not end because the senate could not muster 60 votes for expanded background checks. he stood, as you said, with some of the sandy hook families. mark barden, who lost his son daniel in that mass shooting, spoke first and said washington has not heard the last of this issue. >> we'll return home now disappointed but not defeated. we return home with a determination that change will happen. maybe not today, but it will happen. it will happen soon. we've always known this would be a long road, and we don't have the luxury of turning back. we will keep moving forward and build public support for common- sense solutions in the areas of mental health, school safety and gun safety. >> reporter: with his wife and two surviving children beside him, barden spoke of his son daniel and recited what is known in
to determine the exact cause of the fire. the obama administration is trying to figure out what if anything it can now do about gun control. the senate gutted legislation that would have approved background checks. four democrats joined republicans in blocking the bill, afterwards an infuriated president obama spoke and described it as a shameful day in washington. in boston today the fbi is considering a possible photo and video release of a person they believe is connected to the marathon bombings on monday. the video was taken by surveillance camera near a lord & taylor store. investigators are debating the benefits and drawbacks of releasing materials to the public. the death toll stands at three dead more than 150 injured. ten remain in critical condition, and media critics are hammering several news organization who wrongly reported that a suspect had been arrested. cnn in addition to the erroneous report that somebody had been arrested also got the man's skin color wrong. no explanation from cnn. stephanie? >> stephanie: david -- >> actually am i supposed to pit
including a frustrated president obama and show that to you. as a public service, in our opinion, we feel the need to read all of the names of all the senators who voted no on the issue. an issue supported by 90% of americans. we have a three-hour show and take the time to show you all of those names and perhaps a symbolic disconnect between washington, d.c. and the rest of the country. >>> the investigation into the boston bombings. lots of confusion with some media outlets incorrectly reporting an arrest had been made. pete williams is the best inf te business on this stuff with us ahead on the investigation. with us on the set is mark halpern and former governor howard dean and mike barnicle still in boston and in washington, the huffington post, sam stein. first the latest in west texas. i have reports coming in, joe, say the place looks like a lair literally war zone. charles hadlock has the latest. >> as you reported, the briefing ended here. >> reporter: we will have another one at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. here is what we know so far. at least 160 people have been injured in the ex
speeches that barack obama has ever given as president of the united states. newtown families and tucson survivors standing with the president at the white house when he made those remarks. many of them today were looking on in the senate as the background checks bill was filibustered. there's a lot to explain what happened there in that story and what happens next. this is, clearly, the biggest policy story in this president's second term thus far, by far it is. but also in the midst of all of this, still today, the country is riveted to the continuing news out of boston after the bombing of the boston marathon two days ago. the first thing you need to know what happened today in the news about boston is some of what you may have heard today out of boston was flat-out wrong. >> again, i have a boston source, fran townsend has a second source, in fact, an arrest has been made on wednesday. here's what fran's source said, an arrest has been made based on two different videos showing images of the suspect. i was told the video enhancement showed a dark-skinned male placing the package at t
details to begin at any moment. >>> in washington, a visibly angered president obama vowed on wednesday this is just round one after the defeat of a bill to expand background checks on gun sales. we'll have more and what's next on the fight for new gun safety measures coming up. >>> but we begin in boston, where we're awaiting an fbi briefing in the next hour where it's expected they'll show photos of two men they're urgently seeking in the marathon bombing investigation. now, combing through video evidence, authorities are honing in on two men seen in video and still pictures including at least one who seems to have set down a black bag and dashed away just before the explosions. all this comes as the president and first lady traveled to boston to participate in an interfaith service earlier today. in a powerful speech meant to both console and offer a rallying cry, the president vowed this terrible act will be answered. >> if they sought to intimidate us to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that deval described, the values that make us who we are as americans, well, it shoul
is preparing for the arrival of president obama who will attend an interfaith service tomorrow and preparing for what many know will be a long, difficult journey to recovery. in boston, vows of resolve today amid emotions that are still raw. a relieved 20-year-old sarah gerard left the hospital with her leg in a cast. >> i have a fractured shin bone and a fractured heel bone from the shrapnel that hit it. >> reporter: for liz norden, there is no relief. her two sons, paul and jp, each lost a leg and were burned. >> i'm waiting to wake up from this nightmare. i'm hoping it's not real. >> reporter: even secretary of state john kerry, massachusetts senator for 28 years, struggled as he testified before congress. >> you know, boston is not going to be intimidated by this. but we are going to find out who did this. >> reporter: boston is a city still on edge. a bomb scare forced the evacuation of the federal courthouse. and it is a city in mourning. boston university student lingzi lu identified as the third victim of the bombing. the 23-year-old graduate student from china was watching the marat
marathon bombings underway. president obama attending a church service a mile away. as many as 15 people may be dead and more than 160 hurt in a massive fertilizer plant explosion. letters tainted with deadly poison are set to the president and a united states senator. it's all "happening now." a lot of news to bring to you on this thursday morning. "happening now" president obama will speak at a memorial service for victims of the boston marathon bombings in just a few minutes. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. we will dip in and out of this interfaith service at boston's cathedral of the holy cross. you can see just a beautiful cathedral the service just getting underway. this is just about a mile from the site of the twin opl bombings on monday where three people were killed and 176 wounded in the worst terror attack on american soil since september 11th. we are live in boston with more. rick. >> reporter: as you might imagine very heavy security in the streets outside the cathedral here that have been shut down. we have boston police s.w.a.t. team members behind us as
. >> president obama kmsts a city and a nation still coming to grips with monday's bombings. >> it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. not here in boston. we may be momentarily knocked off our feet. but we'll pick ourselves up. we'll keep going. we will finish the race. >> and in a small texas town, the frantic search for survivors after an explosion with the force of a small earthquake rips through a fertilizer plant. leveling dozens of homes, a middle school, a nursing home only blocks away. >> we heard a boom and right after the, right after we heard the boom and the concussion hit. it was enough to -- take your breath away. >> the school is gone. the apartments are gone. it's horrible. >> they are still in the search and rescue process. it is a very slow, methodical search at this point and they are using every available resource they have to do that correctly and make sure we don't miss anything or anybody. >>> here in washington an explosion of anger and frustration over the senate's refusal to pass any gun legislation. in a searing "new york time
hospitals, and president obama has opinion notified. the administration is monitoring this situation via fema which is in contact with state and local officials in texas. here's waco police sergeant patrick swanson just a short time ago. >> there is a significant area around the fertilizer plant that has been destroyed. homes have been destroyed and there are homes flattened and part of that community is gone. >> nbc's charles hadlock is live in the small town of west, texas. charles, what are people saying so far? what's the latest? >> reporter: they say it's a very tedious process, but they are still holding out hope that they will find survivors in the rubble that is left in the northern part of west, texas. the plant itself is on the northeast corner of town, and it exploded last night after fire broke out about 7:30. about 7:45 the fire chief realized the fire was getting out of control. he order his men out, and seven minutes later the whole building exploded. jill jenkins was a triage nurse. she was one of the first ones to arrive on the scene. here's what she had to say. >> when
the bombings. president obama marked the moment of silence from the white house. the u.s. senate held a similar tribute on capitol hill. it is still unclear what impact the boston bombings will have on the immigration debate in congress. but the topic of national security is clearly playing a more prominent role in the discussion. things got tense on capitol hill yesterday when senator chuck schumer sparred republican senator chuck grassley about the future of the legislation. take a look. >> a few ways to improve the bill all for an amendment when we start mark-up in may and let's vote on it. i say that particularly those who were pointing to what happened. the terrible tragedy in boston as a -- i would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months oer years. >> i never said that. >> i didn't say you did, sir. >> i didn't say -- >> i didn't say you did. i don't mean you, mr. grassley. >> mr. chairman, i don't appreciate the senator demeaning the witnesses that have come here. >> earlier, senator patrick leahy who chairs the judiciary committee opened the hearing with some tough
leventhal is live about a mile away at the cathedral from the holly cross where president obama spoke earlier at a memorial service for the victims. rick? >> and megyn, we haven't heard an update on the investigation from the fbi since tuesday. but today we heard from homeland security secretary janet napolitano who cautioned that this isn't a tv crime show where incidents are solved in an hour but she confirmed that investigators are very carefully looking at photos and video clips from personal phones, tv footage and surveillance cameras and that footage according to other sources clearly shows suspect placing one of the scene gf explodes. the secretary though tampered expectations. >> there is some video that has raised the question of those that the fbi would like to speak with. i wouldn't characterize them as suspects under the technical term. but we need the public's help in locating these individuals. >> and today here at the cathedral of the holy cross. the president and first lady and numerous dignitaries gathered for a service it to help this city heal. paying tribute to vic
packages in the capitol. federal authorities say letters sent to president obama tested positive for the toxic substance ricin. here is jay corny today. >> there was a letter sent to, addressed to the president at an off-site mail facility it was noticed to contain a suspicious substance, and tests were undertaken. >> michael: thankfully it was intercepted before it reached the white house. since 9/11 all white house and congressional mail is sorted at a separation lobingation. this morning two floors evacuated when a letter was discovered there. in the hallway outside of senator richard shelby's office was cleared after reports that he also received a suspicious package. in phoenix there was report of a suspicious package at john mccain's office. and karl levin's office was evacuated because of similar circumstances. a man has been arrested with a backpack full of letters, and he is in custody. coming up rt rybak will give us his take on the votings, plus at least progressives have mark sanford to keep their sparts up. and later, scrutinized and also misunde
in washington, d.c. as president obama said it is a pretty shameful day around here. nothing to be proud of. we'll tell you all about it and take your calls at 1-866-55-pre. we'll look forward to hearing from you on twitter at bpshow and come on, come on! be our friend on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. what a shameful day, the most shameful day we can remember, i can ever remember out of washington. when 46 senators decided that they would rather stand with the gun manufacturers and rather stand with the gun lobby and nra than 20 little angels gunned down at sandy look elementary school or their grieving parents who came down here and begged the senators to take action. they don't give a damn about the american people. don't give a damn about those beautiful little babies or their families or their brave teachers who stood by them. no doubt who's responsible. 90% of democrats voted yes. 90 pest of republicans voted no. meanwhile up in boston, thanks to video from lord & taylor police have hot leads in that investigation. but don't believe what you hear on cnn. no arrest has been made i
court and the statement taken from him cannot be used against him in that trial. >> while the obama administration has agreed to delay a reading of his miranda rights under a public safety exemption, secretary of defense chuck hagel has not seen evidence to link the bombings to terror groups. scrutiny turns to the fbi who reportedly questioned the older brother tamerlan in 2011 at the request of a foreign government. this is so interesting. of russia. the fbi told the a.p. despite interviewing him and relatives they did not find any activity. the agency dropped the ball. richard, i wonder if there is going to be a lot of questions and maybe even hearings out of this or what comes to mind just knowing those basic facts? >> there probably will be hearings of the fbi whether it learned more or could have done more. critics say that is monday morning quarterbacking. it ought to be about what we were talking about, what can we do to prevent or identify young people who are radicalized and how did we respond and how what did we learn about lockdowns. as the military would say it ought not
'll be home in time to celebrate his 12th birthday next week. and president obama will be in boston tomorrow to attend the interfaith memorial service for the victims. we'll have continuing coverage of the bombings on kpix 5 and kpix.com. >>> one final push to mass gun legislation. dozens of women took their kids to capital hill. they wanted to give lawmakers a visual at what they felt was at stake. but the stroller lobby didn't work. the harsh words that followed. >> reporter: president obama hugged victims of gun violence gathered in the rose garden. he lashed out at the senate for failing to pass gun legislation. >> a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. but by this continuing disorganization of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: the senate fell short of the required 60 votes to mandate background checks for people who buy guns at shows and over the internet. the bill's failure is a victory for the nra. the president accused the nra and some lawmaker
overnight, suspected of sending letters contaminated with poison to president obama and senator roger wicker. the move comes just days after the betters were intercepted in mail-sorting facilities. tracie potts is live with the details. >> reporter: authorities after an exhaustive investigation traced the letters to paul kevin curtis of tupelo, mississippi. he was arrested at his home in mississippi, as authorities try to figure out what the motive was here. three letters that tested positive for potentially dangerous ricin. the one sent to senator wicker never made it to capitol hill. it was intercepted. one sent to president obama was intercepted offsite. all of them postmarked april 8th. and all postmarked for memphis. what gave it away was the common signature. i am kevin curtis and i approve this message, at the end of the letters. the test on the first letter to wicker, had proved inconclusive. and the second one, as well. they're trying to figure out how potent this ricin was. and while it initially tested positive, the further tests by the fbi have been inconclusive. they ordered mor
obama and adding to the song "yes, we can: voices of a grassroots movement," she has well sung the national anthem at the national championship football game and as well she has given a lot of contributions to american music. she is a supporter of music education for our children, the mother of a daughter and, yes, a prominent american. but i think if we could say the most about yolanda adams is that she never stops evangelizing and seeking to help those who are hopeless and in despair. she brings joy to those who seek it and believes that everyone is a child of god. i'm grateful to know yolanda adams and to claim her as a constituent of the great city of houston and the great state of texas. but most of all, she's an american who is a believer and understands the value of america's freedom to be able to worship. she continues to soldier on to save souls and we're delighted to have been able to have her bless us this morning. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain five further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. the
that president obama or vice president biden or senior members of the cabinet make the decision to travel to britain and to honor the incredible legacy of baroness margaret thatcher. it was truly a providential blessing that margaret thatcher served alongside president ronald reagan and pope john paul ii. together the three of them did something that previously had been unimaginable. so many had opined the cold war was unwinnable, that we had to accept detente. we had to accept a condition in which the united states would constantly be in military conflict with the soviet union and our children would constantly be in fear of potential catastrophic nuclear war. and yet, when reagan and thatcher and pope john paul all ascended to leadership, together they had the vision to do something that very few imagined was possible. to win the cold war without firing a shot. had that been suggested in the 1970's, that would have been diminished as crazy talk, and yet that's precisely what they did. i would suggest in modern times there are few, if any, more deserving of the nobel peace prize than thos
a joke. >> oh, yeah! >>> the star of one of president obama's favorite tv shows is attending the white house correspondents' dinner this weekend, claire danes plays a c.i.a. agent on homeland. she's the guest of cbs news and will be sitting at a table full of members of the military. the network's other guests include afghanistan forces commander general john allen also army vice chief of staff general john campbell and retired admiral mike mullen, the former joint chiefs of staff. among others. >> bill: i will be there. that's not the table i'm sitting at. i wouldn't mind sitting at that table. >>> as you're drinking your coffee or tea this morning there is a good chance you went out of your way to get it instead of going for what was convenient. a new harris poll on morning beverage habits finds 60% of people will go out of their way to drink coffee or tea they think tastes better and they'll also spend more money for it. 78% say taste is the most important factor in choosing what they drink. >> bill: what do they mean going out of their way to get it? >> instead of stopping by the 7
. from the white house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. with regard to that search warrant in revere, massachusetts, we're told there are no suspects. they talked to a few individuals. they'll be talking to a lot of people, the fbi noting that we may talking to you, your neighbor and your friends. to get to the bottom of this. people running public transit here, are being met some times by random searches. >> we'll be speaking to some eyewitnesss to this tragedy in a up coof minutes. >>> savannah, more coverage to you. we'll get to nbc justice correspondent pete williams. as i turn to you, this news conference is going on, we know that officials did conduct two bomb swe
with the cutbacks that we see, and unfortunately we see it also under the obama administration. we have something like 2200 osha inspectors for the entire country. if you were going to inspect every plant it would take 129 years for each plant to be inspected. that's not acceptable. >> john: is that the reason why they got away with it? i appreciate this is the defining argument of our times. are you going to have government oversight or are you going to allow the free market to take care of themselves. why do you think they were able to get away from inspections for so long. >> when we cover the facts on the ground, and we give names and faces to stories like this. this is not just an abstract story of policy, what we have to do in the media is show that when you have deregulation we're talking about the taking of lives, and that matters. and we need a media now that covers this in a regular basis the people of west, texas, are devastated. i don't see that changing unless--and it's not just republican or democrat thing. you have governor perry, a well- well-known republican governor who ran for
. on behalf of the sandy hook promise, i would like to say thank you to president obama, vice president biden for their leadership and standing strong and continuing to fight for a safer america. i would like to say thank you to the senators for legislation that would keep guns out of hand and save lives. the stood by us right from beginning. they were with us. we will not be defeated. we are not defeated. we will not be defeated. we are here now. we will always be here. we have no other choice. we are not going away. every day more people are killed in this country because of gun violence. our determination grows stronger. we leave washington hoping that others, both here and across the country, will join us in making the sandy hook promise. i pledge that we have great hope that more senators will take literally. i would like to end by repeating the sandy hook pledge. it begins, our hearts are broken. our spirits is not. thank you. it is now my great pleasure to introduce the president of the united states of america, barack obama. >> good job. >> a few months ago, in response to too many tr
's second term. four months after president obama called the country to action in the wake of the newtown shootings, using all of the power of the presidency to push gun safety measures, every measure he championed went down to defeat on the senate floor. when the compromise took shape, there was optimism they could get something through the senate but this bill to expand background checks for gun buyers only managed to win 54 votes. it needed 60 to move forward. >> shame on you! >> there will be order in the senate. >> the tucson shooting survivor who wrestled a third gun clip away from gerald loughner screamed when they heard the measure had failed and were escorted out of the capitol. four democrats voted no and four republicans voted for it. after the background check legislation which the white house believed had the best chance of passing was defeated. one by one the senate blocked proposals to ban assault weapons, limit magazines and by agreeing to a 60-vote threshold on all amends, democrats held off passage of republican amendments they believed would weaken or kill the bill. an
. the report put out by the constitution project is critical of both bush and obama administration's. it includes former members of congress. this is 50 minutes. >> thank you for your leadership on the task force and i want to express my thanks to the constitution project, but also to all of my fellow task force members what they brought to the table in terms of experience, wisdom, public service really made a difference in the development of this project and important report. as jim mentioned, there's more than 24 findings and recommendations. we can't cover all of those this morning that we want to hit some of the highlights. we hope he will take the entire report, study it through and look at each of those recommendations. why is this report important? it's important because we as a nation have to get this right. i looked back in history to the time during world war ii that we in turn to some japanese-americans. at the time it seemed like the right and proper thing to do but in light of history, it was an error. as of today this report will hopefully put into focus some of the a
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obama took office was the exact opposite. before he began the surplus had been turned into a deficit. >> was their budget, mr. secretary come in primary balance? with the economy growing faster than the annual budget deficits come is that what you're saying? >> does the budget proposed, which are advocating, just back of the? tell us how we do that. >> or reduce the deficit as a percentage of gdp in the end of the ten-year window to less than 2% in somewhere around 3% you going to primary balance depending that interest rates are year-to-year, but for the second half of the budget window, we are in primary balance, in surplus. in terms of primary balance calculations. >> it is important that question needs to be asked over and over again in your response remembered. i'm pleased the budget also the is an extension to a new state volume cap on tax exempt qualified activity bonds for the furnishing of water in the system from which needs billions and billions of dollars to keep up with the time. it was the wastewater, it added up to 1 trillion, $200 trillion. we started a down payment o
house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture as to who may be behind this. >> i think that's certainly true although ther
of global warming the unusual photograph of president obama and governor right before the election. in the united states there's a large contingent of climate change doubters. what do you say to that part of the tows persuade them that climate change is real? >> would be take a look at me. i'm the picture of obama and governor chris christie. [laughter] because according to the ground rules of u.s. presidential campaigns, such an embrace three days before election day was an absolute taboo. and talk to the people new jersey or new york that had their homes destroyed and their communities destroyed due to the extreme weather events. look up on the map side, the report of china in january or february. one example, just to give you a visual image is the melting of the arctic sea ice in my part of the world. the consequence -- [inaudible] so whether we call it climate change or not, that's a political concept, which i know has positive or negative connotations, but the ice melting is a reality. and the consequences of the ice melting in my part of the world is extreme weather in united
within these agencies, not a congress. under the obama administration, immigration agents can no longer arrest those who violate.s depression agents cannot arrest an individual for entering the united states illegally. we can arrest and individual who illegally overstays a visa. immigration agents are prohibited from enforcing law regarding fraudulent documents theft.ntifty agents are urged to apply the dream to adults inmates in jails and releasing adults back into the communities, criminals who have committed felonies, assault and our officers are and who prey on children. at the same time, ice officers are punished that trend by dhs and ice leadership, with a loss of their jobs, simply because they attempt to off enforce the law. and provide for public safety. since the gang of eight has chosen to ignore enforcement officei ha uld ke to ask them publicly. dick rubio, chuck schumer, durbin, john mccain, pat leahy, lindsay graham, robert menendez, jeff flake, michael beck, as united states senators, representatives of the people, where have you been for the last four years? what have y
if they provide mental health records. the amendment codifies one of president obama's executive orders that requires the attorney general to issue guidance to federal agencies about which records they must submit to nics. it improves nics as well by clarifying the definition of -- quote, unquote -- "adjudicated mental incompetent" so that it includes only actual adjudications, not a single psychiatrist's diagnose -- diagnosis. the manchin-toomey amendment does not do that. mental health records would also be improved by requiring the federal courts to make available to nics information concerning such situations as defendants who plead guilty to a crime for the reason of insanity. this approach is consistent with what "the washington post" columnist cortland molloy writes this very day. he says -- quote -- "the national gun control legislation set for debate in congress would rely on a bureaucratic dragnet of background checks so extensive that anybody's hands could end up being the wrong ones, including mine." he thinks that gun control supporters are -- quote -- "bent on harassing hi
with have said all along obama would rather have short-term defeats and give him an issue to beat the republicans. >>gregg: are you saying he was sort of happy? >> i think so. >> if he doing his job on any of the issues, it is the same story, the fiscal cliff, everything. they could have gotten a deal. he didn't work to it. he went out and starting railing against everyone. we have a political crisis in this country, you saw it with the data that shows government doesn't work. we did not get a deal on guns, miles per gallon is a problem, terrorism is an issue. >>gregg: bill clinton would have been on the phone in the middle of the might and gotten this passed. >> he was a can do president and gingrich a can-do speaker. >> that is a democratic president getting things done with a republican congress. this guy has a democratic senate and he can't get the bill through. >> he doesn't apply himself. he looks for political issues. i didn't say he was lazy he does public posturing and thinks he is doing something. >> no one puts the greater good first. >>gregg: he is addicted to the tele
to something that affects most americans americans today and and a subject that the obama administration has really been focused on for these past four years. we are going to remain focused in this area for the next four years. that is achieving real evidence-based drug policy reform to both reduce drug use but also the consequences. more and more the debate about drug policy in america is becoming extremely polarized. one side advocates in believing that legalization is the only path to drug policy reform. legalization is described as solving mexico's organized crime and violence problems and creating a windfall for state and local coffers here in the united states and along with many other benefits that are all talked about legalization. and you have the other hand. the other hand we have the enforcement centric war on drugs that was mentioned in my introduction and that approach and that is one that treats addiction primarily as a criminal justice problem despite this ever-growing body of scientific knowledge and evidence that this approach is counterproductive and is not effective. sloga
the white house on their way to boston. president obama speaking at the holy cathedral, the holy cross cathedral i believe it is in the south boston cathedral of the holy cross, that's the name of the. we also understand that romney, former governor romney will be there in a memorial, interfaith memorial service for the victims in the boston marathon. our live coverage of the president's remarks beginning at 11 a.m. on c-span3. also today on c-span3 we have attorney general eric holder testifying in front of the senate foreign relations committee, talking about the president's 2014 budget. we will have that like for you today at 2:00 eastern. also on c-span3. >> you are watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs. weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. and. on weeknights watched key public policy events. every weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedules at our website, and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> and we go live now to the u.s. senate where we are continues work on a gun violenc
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